Some people in Japan find value in many religions and do not adhere strictly to one. So people will wear a cross as jewelry, have a Shinto wedding and a Buddhist funeral. It appears that they are taking no chances: that they are "covering their bets" so to speak.
Joni Eareckson Tada, the quadriplegic who has ministered to so many of us, notes, "When life is rosy, we may slide by without knowing about Jesus, with imitating him and quoting him and speaking of him. But only in suffering will we know Jesus.
"Peter!" his mother scolded, "There were two cookies in the pantry this morning but now there's only one! Do you have an explanation?"
Peter replied, "It must have been too dark and I didn't see the other one."
Morris F. Udall, former Secretary of the Interior, lost an eye in an accident when he was six years old. Children would tease him cruelly about the eye. In self-defense he started poking fun at himself. He learned early on to compensate for that lost eye by working harder than other kids.
Brady Whitehead, chaplain of Lambuth College in Tennessee, tells the true
story of a student whose parents were tragically killed in an accident. This
student suddenly became the beneficiary of the estate. According to Brady,
he started squandering the money on lavish trips.
People in other nations who print signs in English often make interesting, and sometimes humorous mistakes. A sign in a Paris hotel read, "Please leave your values at the front desk." Many a traveler far from home and its restraints has done exactly that.
Russet potatoes are one of America's favorite varieties. They were developed by Luther Burbank in 1872. He noticed a potato plant with an unusual bud. He watched the bud until it dropped. When he opened it he found 23 seeds. He selected two that seemed better than the rest and from these two seeds have come all Russet potatoes.
In September, 1997 newspapers in Wellington, New Zealand carried the tragic story of a young girl who saw a puppy that had been struck by a car. She ran to aid the injured animal and was herself struck by a car and killed. How sad that a person should lose her life in trying to save a dumb animal.
Oscar Cervantes is a dramatic example of the Spirit's power to transform lives. As a child, Oscar began to get into trouble. Then as he got older, he was jailed 17 times for brutal crimes. Prison psychiatrists said he was beyond help. But they were wrong! During a brief interval of freedom,